Hera Mission

Mission patch ESA | Hera

Launch Status


Date & Time

Oct 2024


Unknown Pad

Launch Service Provider


Unknown F9



Mission Type

Robotic Exploration



Hera is a space mission in development at the European Space Agency in its Space Safety program. Its primary objective is to study the Didymos binary asteroid system that was impacted by DART and contribute to validation of the kinetic impact method to deviate a near-Earth asteroid in a colliding trajectory with Earth. It will measure the size and the morphology of the crater created by and momentum transferred by an artificial projectile impacting an asteroid, which will allow measuring the efficiency of the deflection produced by the impact. It will also analyze the expanding debris cloud caused by the impact.

Last Update: NET October 7.

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